The Wheelchair Users Group is a Registered charity formed in 1992 by wheelchair users.
Registered Charity Number: 1064955
The Group is an independent not-for-profit charitable organisation; all the services we provide are funded from advertising revenue, sponsorship, fund raising activities, membership fees, small grants from local councils and by donations from members and supporters.
The mission of the Wheelchair Users Group is:
“To Empower and Enable Wheelchair Users to lead full and active lives by helping them obtain the right mobility equipment from both the statutory and private sector”.
WUG IS A USER LED ORGANISATION
We are user led; 2 of its 6 trustees are permanent wheelchair users, 3 mobility scooter users and 1 is non-disabled, but also an enabler/carer.
OUR CORE VALUES - WUG is committed to:
- The Social Model of Disability
- Creating an environment that is based on social justice, inclusiveness, equality, diversity and dignity
- Setting and maintaining high professional standards in all our activities
- Committed to continually working to improve the lives of disabled people in the county of Kent.
There are *20,000 people provided with an NHS wheelchair in Kent and Medway.
*SOURCE Kent Community Health NHS Trust 2012.
According to the Office for National Statistics 2011 – Mid-year population estimates - *1,731,400 people reside in *Kent and Medway. (302,300 Residents are 65+). Figures taken from the 2011 Census indicate that 300,962 residents have a Long term health condition or disability.
The Wheelchair Users’ Group are members of:
APEK (Advice Partnership East Kent), CASE Kent, Kent CAN,
Disability Rights UK, National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and National Federation of Shopmobility (NFSUK)
The Wheelchair Users Group is registered under the Data Protection Act 1984 (Registration Number X4144883)